Naturally, roof maintenance is one of the most difficult house to-dos, not only because of their location but also the knowledge required to inspect and repair them. Fortunately, they do not require daily or even monthly upkeep. However, they do need some attention throughout the year; otherwise your ceilings may sprout leaks. Though roofs will often require a professional to diagnose many problems, there are a few things homeowners can do to extend the life of a roof:
Gutters clog with leaves, sticks and other plant debris, especially by the end of fall. It is best practice to clean them out before it starts to snow, shoveling or scooping debris out with a small trowel or with gloves, and rinsing your downspouts with a hose. Clean gutters allow snow runoff water to drain, preventing it from staying on your roof and forming ice dams which can cause ceiling leaks and damage.
Inspecting Your Roof
Inspecting your roof yearly, or after severe storms, allows you to find and fix damage before it affects the rest of your house. Some problems cannot be seen from the ground, so you will have to climb onto it. There are many details to look for, and below are common signs of damage to your roof:
- Missing shingles or tabs: High winds and heavy branches can tear up your shingles, and if you see any missing you will want to call an expert to assess the extent of the damage, as other shingles may have been loosened or unsealed.
- Pocked Downspouts, Siding and Window Screens: If your downspouts, siding, and window screens have been damaged by hail, then it is most likely that your roof has been affected as well. Roof hail damage can be hard to assess without a professional, so if you suspect hail damage, call in an expert.
- Granules in the Gutter: Finding a lot of small, round granules in your gutters is an indication that your shingles have been degraded and need replacing.
Some professional roofing companies, like Watergate Roofing, offers free roof inspections, and are definitely recommended should you see major damage on your roof, or if you are unable to carry out inspections yourself.
For roof inspections, repairs and replacements, reach out to Millie Hindes, Watergate Roofing.